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Sunday Reflection 

taken from www.svdphc.ph

Third Sunday of Easter

 April 15 2018

 Luke 24, 35-48

 Then the two (disciples) recounted what had taken place on the way and how he was made known to them in the breaking of the bread. While they were still speaking about this, he stood in their midst and said to them, "Peace be with you." But they were startled and terrified and thought they were seeing a ghost. Then he said to them, "Why are you troubled? And why do questions arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you can see I have." And as he said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. While they were still incredulous for joy and were amazed, he asked them, "Have you anything here to eat?" They gave him a piece of baked fish, he took it and ate it in front of them. 

 

He said to them, "These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the law of Moses and in the prophets and psalms must be fulfilled." Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures. And he said to them, "Thus it is written that the Messiah would suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins, would be preached in his name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things."

 REFLECTION:

We fear the unknown. I used to be very scared of dark places. I remember how my father would go to a dark room and tell me that there were no monsters inside. And then it would not be that scary anymore.

 

The Gospel presents that Jesus is a suffering Messiah. And Luke's report about how Jesus showed his hands and feet, which must have borne the marks of the nails, serves to reinforce the image of Jesus as one who has suffered much. But for all the drama and emotion that the crucifixion evokes, it's not really the wounds, the pain and suffering that makes Jesus special. Everybody has been wounded and surely nobody has been exempted from suffering and pain. Instead what sets Jesus apart is the fact that He has conquered pain and suffering - even death. He went to hell and has come back!

 

Once our group was in the Dead Sea. Everybody was swimming, except one sister. I approached her and persuaded her to swim. I showed her how easy it was. Eventually I convinced her to give it a try. Dear old sister started floating and smiling all over the renowned sea. And I could really see joy in her face, for about five minutes. Until somebody accidentally splashed very salty water in her eyes, which caused her to panic and to cry for help. She almost drowned. Luckily the place had ready life guards who sprang into action and saved our group and especially me from a truckload of guilt. But what sister said, when i offered my apologies later on, struck me: "You know what? I could float on that sea. I did it because you were doing it. There was a monir glitch in my execution, but I'm sure when I will do it again I will do a little better."

 

We hide our wounds. We brush away our hurts. We don't talk or even think of our death. All these scare us. But the fact that Jesus has conquered them gives us hope. It could be done. There might be glitches in our execution, but if we keep on going at it, we'll eventually get better. Besides, as that famous prayer "Footprints in the sand" says, if we could no longer walk, He will carry us through. And more importantly, Jesus himself has given the assurance to his followers saying that even if "in the world you will have trouble, (but) take courage, I have conquered the world." (Jn., 16,33)

 

Jesus has entered the dark room and has assured us that there are no more monsters inside - only darkness that will soon give way to light.

by Fr. Dante Barril SVD

Sis. Teresita "Tess" Tung

Acolytes of St. Jude

Website: http://www.liganimaster.co.nr/

  • President: Ysmael Angeles
  • Vice President: Christian John Riparip
  • Secretary: Andrew Ligao
  • Treasurer: Paul Angelo Riparip
  • President: Betty Ngo
  • 1st Vice President: Helen Tan
  • 2nd Vice President: Perla Tan
  • Secretary: Chua Co
  • Assistant Secretary: Vicky Ramos
  • Treasurer: Elisa Go
  • Assistant Treasurer: Letty David
  • Member: Lizanne Castillo
  • Member: Rosario Ching
  • Member: Benita Chua
  • Member: Loretta Chua
  • Member: Romano Co
  • Member: Dy Tian Lillian
  • Member: Rosa Dytoc
  • Member: Monserat Gochioco
  • Member: Carmen Javellana
  • Member: Shirley Kaw
  • Member: Victoria Kho
  • Member: Grace Lim
  • Member: Mary Lim
  • Member: Consuelo Say
  • Member: Asuncion See
  • Member: Marcela Sim
  • Member: Jasmin Tan
  • Member: Juanita Tan
  • Member: Perla Tan
  • Member: Lucia Tang
  • Member: Dorothy Tee
  • Member: Adalia Uy
  • Member: Eufrancia Uy
  • Member: Elizabeth Wang

 

Unit Leader: Bro. Dave & Sis. Tess Calces

Household Leader: Bro. Daniel & Sis. Dome Magno

Members:

            -Bro. Joewey & Sis. Mayang Morales

            -Bro. Rodel & Sis. Shirly Saludes

            -Bro. Emman & Sis. Joan Leonor

Household Leader: Bro. Sonny & Sis. Cora Andal

Members:

            -Bro. Bernie & Sis. Lorna Faustino

            -Bro. Bong & Sis. Lani Mangalus

            -Bro. Randy & Sis. Gina Salma

            -Bro. Nonie & Sis. Josie Fajilan

Household Leader: Bro. Edmund & Sis. Eve Espiritu

Members:

            -Bro. Bart & Sis. Kathy Fallaria

            -Bro. Dan & Sis. Tess Tolentino

            -Bro. Eric & Sis. Lilian Lingal

Household Leader: Bro. Rodel & Sis. Mhang Manuel

            -Bro. Bong & Sis. Irene Austria

            -Bro. Willy & sis. Milly Lathrop

            -Bro. Randy & Sis. Jessa Quing-quing

            -Bro. Ernie & Sis. Darmie Sojor

Household Leader: Bro. Cris & Sis. Nora Pineda

Our Activities:


  • Chairman: Atty. William Limqueco
  • Coordinator: Mr. Antonio Esteban
  • Assistant Coordinator: Ms. Emily Valdez - Tan
  • Secretary: Ms. Rose Li
  • Treasurer: Ms. Bituin Madarang
  • Auditor: Mr. Romy Segovia
  • PRO: Ms. Nelly Alcantara
  • PRO: Ms. Charing Araque
  • Adviser: Ms. Estelita Aguirre
  • Adviser: Mr. Bernard Marcon
  • Coordinator: Cristina Tomas
  • Member: Beth Abacon
  • Member: Pilar Arguelles
  • Member: Hermie Asuncion
  • Member: Norma Baluga
  • Member: Fe Castillo
  • Member: Cora Gloria
  • Member: Cora Gonzales
  • Member: Marilyn Landrito
  • Member: Naty Makiling
  • Member: Norma Mangawang
  • Member: Remy Patricio
  • Member: Amy Reyes
  • Member: Leony Taray
  • President: Chastine Mae Melliza
  • Member: Lourdes Bitara
  • Member: Rina Rivera
  • Member: Maria Lourdes Yee
  • Member: Leidee FLores
  • Member: Elvie Tabliago
  • Member: Angelito Yu
  • Member: Rodolfo Jimenez, Jr.
  • Member: Nena Tabliago
  • Choir Teacher/ Guitarist/ Keyboardist: Ralph Adaza
  • President: Josephine Yap
  • Vice President: Roderick Barcelo
  • Secretary: Eunice Desiree Choa
  • Assistant Secretary: Judee Anne Mahandog
  • Treasurer: Arne Barcelo
  • Assistant Treasurer: Maria Teresa Casado-Ramos
  • Advisory Council: Leonila Ilagan
  • Advisory Council: Michelle Gonzales
  • Advisory Council: Lani Isleta-Palatino
  • Member: Rickie Bryan L. Santiago
  • Member: Lilibeth Calderon
  • Member: Therese Beryl Guevarra
  • Member: Wilma Orlina
  • Member: Marilyn Reyes
  • Member: Valerie Roxas Tan
  • Member: Eoner Candelario Vidanes

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National Shrine of Saint Jude: Legion of Mary Praesidium

MARIA SPES SINENSIUM Members :

  • President: Caroline Gozun
  • Vice President: Roderick Barcelo
  • Secretary: Arne Barcelo
  • Treasurer: Ivee Dy
  • Member: Allan Bueno
  • Member: Karren Noronio
  • Member: Shorrena Noronio
  • Member: Mercy Co

 

SCOPE OF WORK:

Home to home visitation; taking and updating of the parish census; recruitment and follow up of active and auxiliary members; follow up on marriage validation, baptismal, Holy Communion and confirmation cases; hospital visitation; block rosary; participation in various parish and curia activities.


ABOUT:

The Legion of Mary

The object of the Legion of Mary is the glory of God through the holiness of its members developed by prayer and active co-operation in Mary’s and the Church’s work. The unit of the Legion of Mary is called a praesidium, which holds a weekly meeting, where prayer is intermingled with reports and discussion. Persons who wish to join the Legion must apply for membership in a Praesidium. The Legion sees as its priority the spiritual and social welfare of each individual. The members participate in the life of the parish through visitation of families, the sick, both in their homes and in hospitals and through collaboration in every apostolic and missionary undertaking sponsored by the parish. Every legionary is required to carry out a weekly apostolic work in the spirit of faith and in union with Mary.

The Legion of Mary is a lay apostolic association of Catholics who, with the sanction of the Church and under the powerful leadership of Mary Immaculate, Mediatrix of All Graces, serve the Church and their neighbour on a voluntary basis in about 170 countries. The first meeting of the Legion of Mary took place in Myra House, Francis Street, Dublin, Ireland, on 7 September, 1921. This meeting was to have very beneficial consequences for the mission of the Catholic Church and, in a special way, for millions of members of Christ’s lay faithful who would serve in the Legion and for those who would be served by the legionary apostolate. Many persons outside the Catholic Church would also benefit from that apostolate. With the approval and support of the Popes and a great many Bishops, Priests and Religious, as well as the prayers and efforts of legionaries, the Legion, by the grace of God, has grown into a worldwide organisation with several million members.

Drawing its inspiration from the True Devotion to Mary, as taught by St. Louis Marie de Montfort, and which had a profound influence on the Founder of the Legion, the Servant of God, Frank Duff, the Legion is at the disposal of the Bishops and Priests for use in the mission of the Church. While essentially a lay association, legionaries look for spiritual and apostolic formation to priests and religious, who, as Legion Spiritual Directors, hold an honoured place in the Legion system. The Legion requires ecclesiastical approval to work in a diocese or parish. Loyalty to the Magisterium and to Ecclesiastical Authority is a basic legionary principle. The Legion aims to bring Mary to the world as the infallible means of winning the world to Jesus and legionary service is based on the doctrine of the Mystical Body of Christ so that in their fellow members and in those they serve, legionaries seek to have the Person of our Lord once again seen and served by Mary, his Mother.

The general and essential means by which the Legion of Mary is to effect its object is personal service acting under the influence of the Holy Spirit, having Divine Grace as its moving principle and support, and the glory of God and the salvation of souls as its final end and purpose. Evangelisation, especially the seeking of conversions to the Church, should be a priority for the Legion. Through the visitation of homes and by other means, the Legion must, as a first principle, set out to establish a contact of some sort with every soul everywhere. Seeing and serving Christ in the sick and marginalised is another vital part of the legionary apostolate. While not engaging in the giving of material relief, legionaries will often find opportunities to do works of service for the needy.

The basic unit of the Legion is called a praesidium, which is normally based in a parish. A parish may have more than one praesidium. To be an active legionary it is necessary to apply for membership in a praesidium, which holds a weekly meeting and allocates a weekly apostolic task to the members, who generally work in pairs. After a successful period of probation, members are called to make the Legionary Promise (this is only applicable for members over 18 years) which is directed to the Holy Spirit. Realising the necessity for a strong support of prayer, the Legion has Auxiliary members, who associate themselves with the Legion by undertaking a service of prayer in its name. The administration of the Legion is carried out through its various councils at local, regional and national level. The central council, the Concilium Legionis Mariae, meets monthly in Dublin.

The Cause for Beatification has been introduced for three legionaries: The Servant of God, Frank Duff (1889-1980), Founder of the Legion, who attended the Second Vatican Council as a Lay Observer; Venerable Edel Quinn (1907-1944), Legion Envoy to East Africa; and the Servant of God, Alfie Lambe (1932-1959), Legion Envoy to South America.

Visit Legion of Mary Ireland Website

  • President: Corazon Odrunia
  • Vice President: Emma Constantino
  • Secretary: Delia Carunungan
  • Treasurer: Corazon Ponce
  • Auditor: Aguida Savellano
  • Vestment Custodian: Edith Gloria
  • Vestment Custodian: Helen Simporios
  • Member: Salve Alamillo
  • Member: Bella Bituin
  • Member: Marietta Custodio
  • Member: Alice Olivar
  • Member: Dina Ponce
  • Member: Shirley Savellano
  • Member: Rose Yumang
  • Honorary Member: Lita Abagat
  • Honorary Member: Emerita Arreola
  • Honorary Member: Lourdes Casado
  • Honorary Member: Doris Delos Santos
  • Honorary Member: Chit Enriquez
  • Honorary Member: Ines Nealega
  • Honorary Member: Rose Ponce
  • Honorary Member: Marivic Tigno
  • Member: Yasmine Roselle Ocado Caparas
  • Member: Michelle Caparas
  • Member: Willyn Rose De Jesus
  • Member: Robert Chua
  • Member: Proceso Chua
  • Member: John Gohan
  • Member: James Ong
  • Member: Luciano Say
  • Member: Henry Tee
  • Member: Antonio Uy
  • President: Betty Ngo
  • 1st Vice President: Benita Chua
  • 2nd Vice President: Elisa Go
  • Secretary: Juanita Tan
  • Treasurer: Letty David
  • PRO: Romano Co
  • President: Maureen Jonet Alair
  • Vice President: Ma. Hamlet Erorita
  • Secretary: Heidee Flores
  • Treasurer: Ma. Lorie Simporios
  • Member: Edelviesse Bautista
  • Member: Jemely Belandres
  • Member: Ma. Marigold Erorita
  • Member: Leidee Flores
  • Member: Dundee Flores
  • Member: Jewanie Marie Gueta
  • Member: Jedel Manlapas
  • Member: Jennel Ojinal
  • Member: Jennifer Postrado
  • Member: Ma. Shiena Savellano
  • Member: Ma. Angelica Simporios